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Gazza the movie: Paul Gascoigne biopic in the works

Producers seek actor to play the ‘good and bad’ in the life and career of the Newcastle, Spurs and England footballer is in pre-productionThe footballer Paul Gascoigne has confirmed that producers are searching for an actor to portray him in a new film…

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XFL gets Hollywood ending as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson group buys league

Former wrestler in deal alongside business partner Dany GarciaActor pays $15m for league billed as spring rival to NFLJohnson was a college football star at University of MiamiDwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s is set to add the title of professional sports l…

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Football’s first fa’afafine: trans rights trailblazer Jaiyah Saelua on stardom and sisterhood

Fa’afafine athlete and advocate Jaiyah Saelua, and Kaimana, the fa’afafine actor who will play her in Taika Waititi’s latest film, find shared celebration in a uniquely Polynesian storyJaiyah Saelua is a footballer first.The first openly transgender wo…

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Natalie Portman and Serena Williams’ daughter among new NWSL team owners

Star-studded group to launch new soccer team in LAAlexis Olympia Ohanian, aged two, among new ownersOthers in group include Mia Hamm and Jessica ChastainLos Angeles’ newest soccer team will have an eclectic group of owners, including an Oscar-winning a…

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Oronzo Canà set the pace in Serie A as an all-Italian Mike Bassett | Nicky Bandini

A 1984 Italian movie chronicles the tail-end of the innuendo-led era and, though it has a few dated scenes, it helped set an agenda in its own wayBefore Mike Bassett, there was Oronzo Canà. The former was a fictional English football manager, played by…

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David Squires on … Escape to Victory

Our cartoonist recalls one of football’s greatest blockbusters with a tenuous link to the second world warBuy copies of David’s cartoons at our print shopTake a look through his Guardian archive Continue reading…

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Kapil Dev, Tavaré and me: Bollywood brings India’s 1983 triumph to life

The unexpected World Cup final win against West Indies is celebrated in a new blockbuster. The Guardian’s Toby Chasseaud did his best to play his partAt the end of the season, just as I’m packing my kit away for the winter, I see an advert circulating …

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Former NFL player scoops Oscar eight years after predicting he would win award

Matthew A Cherry wins award for best animated shortFormer wide receiver dedicates award to Kobe BryantA former NFL player has won the Oscar for best animated short film eight years after predicting he would one day be nominated.Matthew A Cherry wrote a…

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Former NFL player scoops Oscar eight years after predicting he would win award

Matthew A Cherry wins award for best animated shortFormer wide receiver dedicates award to Kobe BryantA former NFL player has won the Oscar for best animated short film eight years after predicting he would one day be nominated.Matthew A Cherry wrote a…

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Footballers who share their names with film titles redux | The Knowledge

Plus: long-distance city namesake teammates, poor old Jon Macken, back-to-back Basque bosses and moreMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Port Vale striker Leon Constantine appears to share his name with the titles of two films. Is he uniqu…

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…

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Asif Kapadia’s Maradona documentary slices through the myth to show us the man

As an Argentinian growing up far from home, I clung on to the legend of our greatest footballer. Now I appreciate his lows as well as his highsDiego Armando Maradona’s life is a cliché, a rags to riches tragedy. He started as a poor boy with no filter,…

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Maradona film reminds that untameables were not always untouchable | Richard Williams

The Argentinian great’s Napoli years show the real pressures of adulation compared to today’s walled-away talentsWhen I sat down in a cinema to watch Emir Kusturica’s documentary about Diego Maradona a decade or so ago, I still thought of myself as a P…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Diego Maradona review – flashy study of football’s flawed genius

Asif Kapadia, director of Amy and Senna, captures all the euphoria and catastrophe in a gripping documentary about the ‘hand of God’ megastar‘A bit of cheating and a lot of genius.” That’s how someone in this film summarises the Argentinian football me…

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John McEnroe in his prime and at his most irascible makes fascinating viewing | Tim Lewis

In the Realm of Perfection uses archive footage no one knew existed to chart Superbrat’s failure to win the French OpenA new documentary, John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection, has been called, in US Vogue, “the best tennis film ever made”. This in …

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Michael Schumacher feature film rights up for grabs at Cannes

Documentary will tell story of Formula One star and cover his near-fatal skiing accident The dramatic life and times of the Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher are to be released as a feature-length film documentary described as a personal t…

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Diego Maradona documentary: official trailer – video

The full trailer has been released for Diego Maradona, a feature-length documentary about the Argentinian legend’s time at Italian club Napoli. Produced from over 500 hours of footage from Maradona’s personal archive by the Academy Award-winning team b…

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At the Heart of Gold: how ‘predatory’ institutions protected Larry Nassar

In a shocking new documentary, film-maker Erin Lee Carr cracks open the network that allowed an Olympic coach to molest at least 250 women and girlsFor more than two decades, Larry Nassar used his position as an osteopathic physician at Michigan State …

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Diego Maradona documentary: a first look – video teaser

A teaser clip has been released from Diego Maradona, a new documentary constructed from more than 500 hours of previously unseen footage from the footballing legend’s personal archive.The film, produced by the Academy Award and Bafta-winning team behin…